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Destination: Alaska by Land and Sea!

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

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Destination: Alaska by land and by sea!

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if we only seek them with our eyes open.”

– Jawaharial Nehru

Alaska is a popular destination for travelers, for its vast size and the stretches of wilderness between its cities and small towns. It is a highly desirable tourist destination that's impossible to experience all the sights within the time frame of a usual vacation. To discover all the beautiful sights of Alaska, you may need to go for an Alaskan cruise. You will get to see all the scenic coastal towns and the amazing waterways, awe-inspiring glaciers, and mountain ranges that are sheltered with forests along the Inside Passage and southeastern part of the state in a short period of time (about a week).

Alaskan land and sea cruises, popularly known as cruise tours, guarantee a more thorough experience by incorporating a land-based tour of the northwestern center. There are many cruise lines, including luxury lines, with similar features that offer cruise tours. A trip to Alaska is often a unique experience, with so many places and things to sightsee, from glaciers to wildlife. The splendor of the landscape can be viewed by land, sea or air, or any combination of these. You can see Alaska without having to deal with the hassle of driving. Planning with the right travel advisor is key! Picturesque tours differ in range and duration and often include sightseeing by airplane or helicopter; canoeing or kayaking through Alaska’s beautiful waterways; or simply sightseeing from the comfort of a van, bus, or train.

Alaska is a perfect destination for a cruise. There are many immense, wild, and secluded natural treasures along its coastline. There are many fascinating cities like Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway to see, the amazing scenery of the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay to admire, and wildlife on both land and sea to see during unforgettable day trips. There is simply no one way to do all these except with land and sea packages. These cruise tours take small groups of passengers to local destinations before or after a cruise. These are usually all-in-one packages that include accommodations, transportation by motorcoach and/or train, guided tours, and even delicious meals.

You can also visit the Denali National Park on a cruise tour. Its popular attraction, Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley) is over 20,000 feet, the highest peak in North America. There is a magnificent resort called Mount McKinley Resort at the entrance of the Denali National Park. The resort has a reception hall, dining facilities, and guest rooms, including a new 99-room addition featuring the first-ever junior suites with balconies, bigger living areas, and better amenities for visitors. With the addition of a land package to your itinerary, you get to see even more of Alaska on a single vacation. You can view North America's highest peak, visit interesting towns, go hiking through Denali National Park, or even go rafting. It also affords you the opportunity to visit Alaska's big cities, like Anchorage and Fairbanks. By changing your cruise into a cruise tour you’ll get the best of both worlds--land and sea.

After deciding, you will need to decide whether you want an escorted tour or an independent one. For an escorted tour, accommodations, transportation, and meals will all be included in your package, while additional treats like rafting will incur an extra charge.

Planning an all-in-one package with my help relieves you of the stress of piecing together your vacation. When you move from the sea to the land, the transition will be flawless. You get to enjoy the same quality of service on land that you had at sea. You get to enjoy your vacation without lifting a finger. Your luggage will be taken care of at each destination. Your transportation would have been arranged to include the most comfortable rail cars and luxurious motor coaches in Alaska. Contact me for more info on planning your next Alaskan cruise tour to ensure you capture all the sights worth seeing both on land and sea!

Erin Smith ~ Affinity Group Travel Advisor

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